Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Press Kit

I have a show at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but to me, this a huge step in my process as an artist. But, once I was done cleaning and moving and filling the display cases, I realized that, other than the lovely people who visit the library, no one would know that they can see my work. So, I decided to write a press release.

Let me know what you think.

Local Artist Displays Her Handiwork

Judy A Goddard, who resides in Manchester Township, is displaying her Hand Painted Puzzle Canes and Hiking Sticks at the main branch of the Ocean County Library, in Toms River through the end of July.

Ms. Goddard stumbled upon painting walking canes almost by accident, when, last year a family member asked her to paint one to take on a cruise.

Decorated with symbols of christian faith and wreathed around with a scripture verse, the cane soon caught the

attention of friends and family who asked for canes of their own.

“Here is a way to provide stability that is personal and beautiful. If a person finds him or herself in need of ambulatory assistance, why not do it in a beautiful way?” Judy explained. “How many people do you see using canes? How many of them are truly beautiful as well as functional? And, as each cane is hand painted, each is a unique work of art.”

Now Judy has branched out into hiking sticks, a natural extension of her participation in Boy Scouting.

The puzzle aspect of each cane comes from the way inspirational phrases are painted into the design. She says, “If you don’t “have” the key, it’ll take you a while to figure it out.”

There are a broad range of prices so there is a cane for every budget.

Ms. Goddard sells her canes and hiking sticks at craft fairs, through personal contact and also through her online shop; . You can email her at

If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Goddard and how she defines herself as an artist, you can visit her blog; There you can read about her adventures in art and leave comments as well.

I also included a small decorative envelope with 2 business cards and 3 photos. I contacted three different local newspapers and mailed out a kit to each.

Will it make a difference? Let's see!


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Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States
My nane is Judy and I've been a christian for more than 3/4 of my life. I believe in redemption through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that God, the Spirit lives in me and gives me the power to do His will and to live a joyful life. I have a Godly husband, a grown son and daughter. I live on a farm with 3 goats, 2 chickens, 2 horses, a cat, a dog and a python. I am an artist and a singer. I was a full time stay at home mom, the hardest job you'll ever love! I have two handmade shops on Etsy. Leaning on the Promises (Hand Painted Walking Canes) and Beaver Creek Pottery and an Etsy shop for selling Vintage and Antiques. Jersey Pine Pickers I post about my relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, about the things He teaches me, delights me with and how He uses me.